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GWS 100AC— LIBERATING THE PAST: GENDER & SEXUALITY IN THE SOCIAL MOVEMENTS OF THE 60’s AND 70’s
TWTh 1:00-3:30PM/ CLASS#: 12517
Michelle Koerner/ GWS Lecturer
This course offers students an opportunity to engage primary documents (documentaries, manifestos, poetry, and underground press) from the Women’s and Gay Liberation Movements of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Situating these movements in relation to the Civil Rights Movement and the Anti-Vietnam War Protests, as well as the radical student movements of the decade (SDS and SNCC), course materials focus on the specific way issues of sex and gender emerged out of the social movements of the earlier 1960s. Selected course materials place considerable emphasis on race and ethnicity in these movement contexts. Over the course of the semester we will study the work of Black Feminists associated with the Combahee River Collective, the emergence of Chicana feminism, the STAR collective, as well as the antagonism emerging within the more mainstream Women’s Liberation Movement along lines of race, class, and sexuality. Finally, we will consider how our investigations of these histories—including our access to them through digital archives, recent films, online platforms, and contemporary historical scholarship—might reframe and further inform our sense of the importance of gender and sexuality within liberation movements taking shape today.
GWS 111.1— DEVIANT BODIES
TWTh 9:30am – 12pm/CLASS#: 12896
Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu/GWS Lecturer
In this class, we will examine how the ‘deviant body’ is produced and demarcated as a corporal body and a social-political necessity for capitalism. In specific, we will explore how this same ‘deviant body’ is racialized, pathologized, and gendered thereby legitimizing the category of the Native Other in opposition to the ideology of White heteronormativity. An examination of the linear progression of British/European imperial medicine to contemporary Western biomedicine will help us make visible the ideology, technologies and apparatus needed in the formation of difference as they relate to the corporeal body. A very specific area of inquiry will be how discursive practices of knowledge production and language produce categories of bodies that become pathologized as a means of marginalization.
GWS 130AC – GENDER, RACE, NATION AND HEALTH
Examines the role of gender in health care status, in definitions and experiences of health, and in practices of medicine. Feminist perspectives on health care disparities, the medicalization of society, and transnational processes relating to health. Gender will be considered in dynamic interaction with race, ethnicity, sexuality, immigration status, religion, nation, age, and disability, and in both urban and rural settings.
GWS 10—INTRODUCTION TO GENDER AND WOMEN’S STUDIES
TTH 10:00am – 12pm/ CLASS#: 12516
Discussion Section CLASS#: W 1:30-3:30/ CLASS# 12543
Introduction to questions and concepts in gender and women’s studies. Critical study of the formation of gender and its intersections with other relations of power, such as sexuality, racialization, class, religion, and age. Questions will be addressed within the context of a transnational world. Emphasis of the course will change depending on the instructor.
GWS 111.2— “WHAT IS QUEER?” INTRODUCTION TO QUEER THEORY AND CRITICAL RACE THEORY
TWTh 9:30am – 12pm/CLASS#: 12671
Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu/GWS Lecturer
In this course through film, readings, and discussion using an interdisciplinary analysis, we will interrogate how Settler Colonialism, Race, Gender, and Identity shape and inform the question “What is Queer?”. Students will be introduced to critical queer and race theory and transnational feminism as we consider the impact of institutional, structural, and individual systems of oppression that impact identity formations. During this class, we will also take up the discursive discourse that produces binary categories such as Heteronormativity and Homonormativity. Finally, students will discover key terms that will help in understanding the discipline of Queer Studies.